Last August, Cooter Brown's Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104) opened Snooty Cooter, a special bar inside the tavern, that focuses on craft beers. It debuted with 20 taps offering local, American and international craft beers.
Six months later, the tap count is up to 46, and the selection includes Against The Grain Rico Sauvin, Finch's Beer Company's Secret Stache Stout, Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad with Plums, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company's Old Money, Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale, Mudbug Brewery's King Cake Ale and Evil Twin Brewing's Low Life Pilsner. The draft selection changes frequently, and a current list is posted on BeerMenus.com (www.beermenus.com/places/19397-the-snooty-cooter).
The Snooty Cooter hosts a New Belgium Brewing Company event Feb. 27 featuring Slow Ride session IPA and Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole chili-spiced porter. Bar manager Jonathan Junca says the bar is working on securing other special beers for the event, such as 2014 La Folie.
Junca also is trying to launch a growler program of take-out 64-ounce bottles.
"We are probably about six weeks out on selling some growlers with our logo and trying to offer some special nights to try and build up a growler culture locally — especially on the one-offs that do not have a package option and for the local breweries that are only available on draft right now," Junca says.
The Snooty Cooter runs specials Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until closing. Every day is different, but the most interesting day is West Coast Wednesday, which features a dollar off all beers (draft, bottled or canned) from California, Oregon and Washington.